Nursing and Healtcare assisting are incredibly rewarding yet demanding careers, and working as an agency nurse or HCA, either part-time or full-time, can be an excellent way to supplement any other employment you currently undertake, but is it right for you? Working as an agency nurse or HCA means you will have more flexibility with your scheduling, as you are not obligated to undertake a set amount of shifts. This means that people with families can work around their needs.
Some agencies can offer higher pay rates than fixed positions, although this varies from agency to agency. Agency nursing can also give people the chance to work in a number of different units and disciplines rather than being tied to one specific discipline or environment. The benefit of this is that it allows nurses and HCAs to increase their skill set while gaining invaluable experience dealing with a wider range of needs and patients.
There are, of course some downsides to being an agency nurse. As there are no guaranteed hours, a person would have to be comfortable being uncertain about their income which is why many use agency to suppliment their income. While flexibility and independence is expected, workers with young families or those undertaking further studies have found this type of work compliments their lifestyle, it is however not always suitable for everyone. Some agency nurses or carers have reported feeling on the outside when they go in to certain hospitals or units, although there is no proof that agency nurses or carers are treated any differently. For those people who like variety, agency nursing or caring can be an ideal and rewarding option.
What it comes down to is personal preference; some prefer the independence, and some do not. It really is your choice.